Florida Food Policy Council

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Upcoming events

    • 25 Jun 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • Use the Microsoft Teams link below or dial-in +1 941-306-1146 United States, Sarasota (Toll); Conference ID: 566 394 798#


    Florida Food Forum - June's Topic:
    Seed Saving Programs and Practices

    Join us online from 12-1pm (EST) on Friday, June 25h, for the Florida Food Forum on "Seed Saving Programs and Practices." Melissa A. Desa, Co-founder of Working Food, Andrea Figart, New Port Richey Public Library Director, Stephanie Jones, New Port Richey Public Library Systems and Services Librarian, and Joey Stabenow, Education and Engagement Intern at Seed Savers Exchange, will be presenting on this important topic. Following the presentation will be a discussion and Q&A session.


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    Use the Microsoft teams link below or dial-in by phone.

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    +1 941-306-1146 United States, Sarasota (Toll);

    Conference ID: 566 394 798#



    **How to Join the Webinar**

    1. Join online by clicking the link above. 

    If you are on a computer: The forum can only be accessed from a Google Chrome browser or by downloading the free Microsoft Teams app.

    If you are on a cellphone: The forum can only be accessed from the free Microsoft Teams app. If you are unable to see the shared presentations, please download the latest version of the Microsoft Teams app.

    Note** If you join online, please mute audio and turn off cameras before entering the meeting.


    2. Join by dialing-in using the phone number and conference ID above.

    Note** Please press * (star) then 6 to mute and unmute while on the call from your phone.


    Guest Speaker Information: 

    Melissa A. Desa is co-founder of Working Food, a non-profit organization based in Gainesville, Florida. Her background in wildlife and ecosystems has brought depth of knowledge and understanding to her current non-profit work tackling food systems — specifically with a focus on seed stewardship and outreach. She has 10 years of experience in non-profit start up and management, community organizing, food systems, seed stewardship, gardening, farming, education, outreach, and youth programming.

    Her primary focus and love is for stewarding seeds important to the Southeastern climate, and building community through seeds in a way that is accessible and collaborative. Ten years ago it started from a small seed library, and grew to a thriving community program providing classes, workshops, training, regional seed varieties, and collaborative work on seed system projects with regional and national partners. Working Food’s seed collection has grown to over 700 accessions, representing a cornucopia of rare, heritage and regionally adapted varieties. Her place-based seed work functions synergistically with a partner non-profit - Grow Hub, that provides meaningful opportunities for adults with disabilities through agricultural and horticultural work.


    Andrea "Andi" Figart was appointed New Port Richey Public Library Director in June 2017. A resident of FL since 2006, she began her library career in 2000 as a Children’s Librarian in Dayton, OH, close to the family farm where she grew up. Andi is committed to helping the New Port Richey Public Library anticipate and respond to the changing needs of the community by providing resources and spaces that help advance opportunity and develop a vibrant, engaged community. Andi serves on the boards of the Morton Plant North Bay Hospital Community Advisory Board and the Pasco County Food Policy Board. She is a member of the Florida Library Association (FLA) and American Library Association (ALA).


    Stephanie Jones is the New Port Richey Public Library Systems and Services Librarian. Stephanie provides technical expertise, day-to-day administration and broad support for library hardware and software solutions; manages electronic resources; updates and develops adult collections in all formats; and serves as the volunteer coordinator. Stephanie enjoys developing, planning, and implementing new projects and initiatives that support the library’s services, and after recently growing five of the most delicious cherry tomatoes she has ever eaten, she says she now has dreams of being an expert gardener. Stephanie is a member of Pasco Enterprise Network (PEN), Florida Library Association (FLA), and the American Library Association (ALA).


    Joey Stabenow is the new Education and Engagement Intern at Seed Savers Exchange. Prior to joining the team, Joey was a FoodCorps service member serving Iowa schools by connecting students to healthy school meals through their garden program. She is eager to help others learn about gardening and preserving heirloom seeds through seed saving.


    Forum Host: Dell deChant is the Associate Chair of the Religious Studies Department at the University of South Florida and a member of the Board of Directors at the Florida Food Policy Council.


    The Florida Food Forum is a free event and a recording will be made available to the public after the webinar. To support our work, please consider becoming a member or making a donation.

    For questions or more information, contact us at: info@flfpc.org


    Disclaimer: The views of the presenters do not represent the views of the Florida Food Policy Council. We are a forum for the offering and sharing of information and encourage diversity and communication within the food system.

    • 2 Jul 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM (EDT)
    • Online

    The July Board of Directors meeting will be from 10:00am-11:30am on July 2nd. BOD meetings are open to current Board members. 

    If you would like more information about Board membership, please contact us at info@flfpc.org. 

    • 6 Aug 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM (EDT)
    • Online

    The August Board of Directors meeting will be from 10:00am-11:30am on August 6th. BOD meetings are open to current Board members. 

    If you would like more information about Board membership, please contact us at info@flfpc.org. 

    • 3 Sep 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM (EDT)
    • Online

    The September Board of Directors meeting will be from 10:00am-11:30am on September 3rd. BOD meetings are open to current Board members. 

    If you would like more information about Board membership, please contact us at info@flfpc.org. 

    • 1 Oct 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM (EDT)
    • Online

    The October Board of Directors meeting will be from 10:00am-11:30am on October 1st. BOD meetings are open to current Board members. 

    If you would like more information about Board membership, please contact us at info@flfpc.org. 

    • 5 Nov 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM (EDT)
    • Online

    The November Board of Directors meeting will be from 10:00am-11:30am on November 5th. BOD meetings are open to current Board members. 

    If you would like more information about Board membership, please contact us at info@flfpc.org. 

    • 6 Nov 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • Online - Using Zoom

    Our 2021 Annual Membership Meeting is currently scheduled for Saturday, November 6th. More information on the event will be provided soon!

    Registration will be open to active FLFPC members. To join or renew your membership, visit here 

    If you have any questions, please email info@flfpc.org. 


    • 3 Dec 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM (EST)
    • Online

    The December Board of Directors meeting will be from 10:00am-11:30am on December 3rd. BOD meetings are open to current Board members. 

    If you would like more information about Board membership, please contact us at info@flfpc.org. 

Past events

4 Jun 2021 Board of Directors June Meeting
28 May 2021 Florida Food Forum: Sacred Nutrition: Religion and Food Justice
7 May 2021 Board of Directors May Meeting
30 Apr 2021 Florida Food Forum: Youth in the Food System
2 Apr 2021 Board of Directors April Meeting
26 Mar 2021 Florida Food Forum: Food is Not a Human Right: Issues in Food Democracy
13 Mar 2021 FLFPC Virtual Member Networking Event
5 Mar 2021 Board of Directors March Meeting
26 Feb 2021 Florida Food Forum: Florida Food Festivals
5 Feb 2021 Board of Directors February Meeting
29 Jan 2021 Florida Food Forum: Building Bridges: Bettering Florida's Food System Together
8 Jan 2021 Board of Directors January Meeting
18 Dec 2020 Florida Food Forum: Community Gardens
20 Nov 2020 Florida Food Forum: Black Farmers Matter
7 Nov 2020 2020 Annual Membership Meeting
30 Oct 2020 Florida Food Forum: The National Farm Bill: What it Means to Florida's Food System
20 Oct 2020 USF 2020 Urban Food Sovereignty Summit
25 Sep 2020 Florida Food Forum: Community Organizing and the Food System
28 Aug 2020 Florida Food Forum: Farmers' Markets: Sourcing and Supporting the Local
31 Jul 2020 Florida Food Forum: Urban Planning and the Florida Food System
17 Jul 2020 Special Florida Food Forum: Food Insecurity and Food Justice
26 Jun 2020 Florida Food Forum: Technology in the Food Production System
29 May 2020 Florida Food Forum: Policy and Urban Agriculture
15 May 2020 Special Florida Food Forum: COVID-19 Impacts on the Florida Food System
24 Apr 2020 Florida Food Forum: Murky Waters: Water, Food and Society
27 Mar 2020 Florida Food Forum: Women in the Food System
20 Mar 2020 Tallahassee - Growing a Stronger Economy Through Local Food Entrepreneurship
13 Mar 2020 Fort Pierce - Growing a Stronger Economy Through Local Food Entrepreneurship
6 Mar 2020 Tampa - Growing a Stronger Economy Through Local Food Entrepreneurship
28 Feb 2020 Florida Food Forum: Equity in the Food System
14 Feb 2020 Gainesville - Growing a Stronger Economy Through Local Food Entrepreneurship
7 Feb 2020 Jacksonville - Growing a Stronger Economy through Local Food Entrepreneurship
31 Jan 2020 Florida Food Forum: Food Politics
20 Dec 2019 Florida Food Forum: Food Policy for Wellness
18 Nov 2019 Southwest Florida Food Policy Summit
15 Nov 2019 Florida Food Forum: Food Waste & Food Banks
13 Nov 2019 Localecopia Meet and Greet
1 Nov 2019 BOD Meeting November
26 Oct 2019 North Florida Regional Gathering - St. Augustine
25 Oct 2019 North Florida Regional Gathering - Tallahassee
25 Oct 2019 Florida Food Forum: Farm to School
24 Oct 2019 North Florida Regional Gathering - Panama City Beach
23 Oct 2019 Treasure Coast Meet & Greet
23 Oct 2019 Sustainability & Digitalization Leaders Summit
22 Oct 2019 Tampa Bay Urban Food Sovereignty Summit
4 Oct 2019 BOD Meeting October
27 Sep 2019 Florida Food Forum: Animal Welfare
6 Sep 2019 BOD Meeting September
30 Aug 2019 Animal Welfare: Policy Committee Meeting
2 Aug 2019 BOD Meeting August
26 Jul 2019 Cottage Industry: Policy Committee Meeting
28 Jun 2019 Food Processing for Small Producers: Policy Committee Meeting
31 May 2019 Food Sovereignty: Policy Committee Meeting
24 May 2019 Food Sovereignty: Policy Committee Meeting
26 Apr 2019 Agricultural Resilience and Food Security: Policy Committee Meeting
29 Mar 2019 Nutrition and Policy: Policy Committee Meeting
22 Feb 2019 Models for Food Production and the Impacts and Benefits: Policy Committee Meeting
25 Jan 2019 What Exactly is Food Policy Anyways? Policy Committee Meeting
14 Dec 2018 Policy Committee Meeting
23 Jun 2018 Annual Membership Meeting
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